Florida House passes bill for Canadian drug importation

Author: Associated Press
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Bottles of medication at a pharmacy. (CBS News photo)
Bottles of medication at a pharmacy. (CBS News photo)

Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs under legislation the state House has sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The GOP-led House voted 93-20 on Monday for the measure, which allows creation of a prescription drug importation program that would have to be approved by the federal government. The bill is a top priority for DeSantis.

U.S. consumers pay some of the highest prescription drug prices in the world, as much as 30% to 190% more than other western countries. Supporters say the bill would give Floridians a chance to enjoy some savings.

Opponents warn of risky counterfeit, contaminated, or ineffective drugs and that the program could prove costly to oversee and regulate.

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